Due to attending local sci-fi events, I got talking to the wonderful and talented Marc Ducrow. I helped him out with some contacts and we kept talking over Facebook (such a wonderful tool). Then, when I was looking for a cover artist for Blaise Maximillian: Emancipation I asked him if he’d be able to take my concept, and change it the way I needed.
I was very clear in my mind as to what I wanted so sent him a brief and the image to left. It captured everything that I wanted to communicate. Blaise Maximillian: Emancipation – both the book and the title story – have very strong, very tough women determined to do their bit and show their male counterparts that they are just as good as them. This picture not only demonstrates that, but the inner strength that all women in that era had, but were not allowed to demonstrate in most work-based aspects until the shortage of manpower required them to enter the factories.
This image is also immediately recognisable to anyone that enjoys history and military-based history, and so I chose it for another reason. To mess with people’s minds. The original poster is taken from the 1940s, World War 2. I’ve changed it, and placed it firmly in my version of World War 1, otherwise known as the Great War. This is a fabulous piece of war propaganda, and serves just as well in my alternate version of history.
Once we’d agreed on a price and I’d sent the money (pretty much straightaway as I was somewhat eager) Marc set to work. After what seemed an incredibly short time, Marc sent me ‘What do you think?’ message with the image to the right. I was immediately blown away. He’d listened to what I wanted, used the images (I sent a number of research images to him) and captured the spirit of the woman perfectly. I let him know so. From there on in, I knew for certain that Marc completely and totally understood what I was going for. He nailed it.
Over the days to come, I was sent the following sneak peeks. Each one saw my excitement mount. Until today, when I got the final image and I knew that, no matter what, this book had the best cover it possibly could have.